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How Does the Hitter’s Front Side Affect His Swing? Revisited

Many moons ago, in the year of 2012, I wrote an article that went through the use of the front leg (scroll down the page about halfway) in an elite hitter’s swing.  Since then, my views of the front leg have not changed whatsoever.  I do, however, now have a much deeper understanding of the front leg and its multiple functions in a swing.  So to revisit this part of the swing, I thought I would take you through a step by step use of the front leg during a swing with a little help from one of my favorite players who I believe has one of the best swings in all of baseball, Francisco Lindor.  In the end, I hope that you will also have a much better understanding of how the front leg of a hitter affects his or her swing.… continue reading

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The WORST Hitting Drills for Baseball and Softball EXPOSED, Part 2

A lot has happened at Baseball Rebellion since February 8th, 2013.  On that date, I wrote “The WORST Hitting Drill for Baseball and Softball EXPOSED”.  In that article, I highlighted the high tee/low tee drill where the high tee is in back of the low tee where the ball is.… continue reading

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The Turn Behind The Turn

The Turn Behind The Turn is designed to help the hitter eliminate all pushing or driving of the knob in the baseball (or softball) swing. Turning the bat behind the back hip allows for the deepest barrel acceleration and the longest area the barrel can be on plane with the pitch.… continue reading

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The TRUTH about Hand Path in the Baseball Swing – Revisited

Years ago, I wrote an article on Hand Path that featured the Rebel’s Rack.  If you have not read that article, or it has been a while, please visit that article first by CLICKING HERE before reading on.  It is a quick read so enjoy.… continue reading

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Customer Case Study: Benny R. Improves with the Rebel’s Rack and Launch Angle Tee

Disclaimer: Benny R. (@BatCaveHitting) is a customer of Baseball Rebellion’s hitting products.  He performed this study on his own and was not directed/instructed by Baseball Rebellion in any way to do this study. After seeing Benny’s tweet out (seen below) his results online, we asked if he would write a brief summary of his training for our website.  THE FOLLOWING CASE STUDY IS BY BENNY R.continue reading

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The Movements that Made The Rebellion – The Rebel’s Rack Revisited

As Baseball Rebellion/Softball Rebellion has grown, we have decided to be more open with the “HOW” of our process instead of just the results.  This, for years, was not the case at BR/SR, as we wouldn’t even let clients film the movement progressions we do with hitters.continue reading

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The Effectiveness of Stretching: What Type? When? How Much?

If you go to any baseball game at any level, there is some form of pre-game body routine that is meant to prepare the athletes for maximal performance. My goal in writing this post is to help you think critically about the design of your warmup and to give some easy, common-sense principles that can help you decide how to best prepare your body for action.… continue reading

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The Expertise Assumption: Where Private Coaches Fail their Most Talented Clients

When an 8 year old walks into Baseball Rebellion for a hitting or throwing evaluation, the process is simple and the same every single time.  First, we let the player warm themselves up how they ‘normally do’, then they are evaluated in their skill.… continue reading

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How to Increase Exit Velocity: Learn First, Then Load

EXIT VELOCITY is quite the buzz-worthy topic these days.  Just as pitchers have gone through the unrelenting quest to increase their throwing velocity, hitters are doing the same thing with bat speed and batted ball exit velocity.  These revolutions are happening for good reason…more velocity on the mound or in the batter’s box gives a player more chances to be successful.… continue reading

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The Stages of Learning with the Pitching Rebellion

Having graduated with a Human Development degree from Boston College,  I sometimes try to find better ways I  can get across to my players when teaching movement patterns. I recently thought about how I can incorporate The Stages of Learning in my instruction to shed light on the process it takes in learning a new task or skill.… continue reading